During the American Revolution, communities in the 13 colonies were split between loyalty to Great Britain and support for an independent America. Away from the battlefields, women proved themselves to be, as George Washington wrote, "the best Patriots America can boast." They nursed the wounded, sewed clothing, and made bullets. Some celebrated heroines even worked as soldiers, messengers, or spies. The conflict also gave slaves the opportunity to become soldiers on both sides of the conflict with the promise-usually unfulfilled-of freedom. Having fended for themselves for nearly two generations, many citizens in America's 13 colonies resented having to pay taxes to Great Britain-a country far away across the ocean. Protest against the British government grew into rebellion; rebellion quickly turned into war. Understanding the American Revolution describes the events that led up to the fight for an independent United States of America, the battles between British and Patriot forces, and what life was like during the conflict. Book jacket.
Life on the Homefront During the American Revolution
Crabtree Publishing Company